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Table 4 Multivariate logistic regression of lunch meal pattern of Palestinian adolescents from North Gaza Strip by Sociodemographic factors (n = 944)a

From: Sociodemographic correlates of food habits among school adolescents (12–15 year) in north Gaza Strip

  Lunch ≤ 6 time/weekb Multivariate logistic regression
  N % p OR (95% CI) p
Gender
   Boys (n = 439) 77 17.5 0.015 1  
   Girls (n = 505) 62 12.3   0.55 (0.36–0.87) 0.01
Resident status
   Local citizen (n = 372) 64 17.2 0.048 1  
   Refugee (n = 568) 74 13.0   0.82 (0.46–1.48) 0.51
Residential area
   Gaza (well-off) (n = 379) 47 12.4 <0.001 1  
   Gaza (non-well-off) (n = 210) 19 9.0   0.46 (0.21–1.05) 0.06
   Village (n = 146) 45 30.8   3.30 (1.72–6.31) <0.001
   Camp (n = 209) 28 13.4   1.21 (0.65–2.23) 0.55
Age in years
   12 yrs (n = 161) 18 11.2 0.24 1  
   13 yrs (n = 295) 45 15.3   1.52 (0.56–3.13) 0.26
   14 yrs (n = 312) 43 13.8   1.17 (0.56–2.45) 0.67
   15 yrs (n = 176) 33 18.8   1.72 (0.79–3.71) 0.17
Crowding Index
   ≤ 3 persons/room (n = 610) 73 12.0 0.001 1  
   > 3 persons/room (n = 240) 49 20.4   1.37 (0.83–2.27) 0.22
Father's working Status
   Unemployed (n = 501) 77 17.9 0.009 1  
   Employed (n = 430) 61 12.2   0.92 (0.55–1.54) 0.76
Household SES
   Low (n = 245) 54 22.0 0.001 1  
   Medium (n = 439) 53 12.1   0.73 (0.42–1.29) 0.28
   High (n = 430) 27 11.5   1.17 (0.58–2.38) 0.66
Father's education
   Low (n = 486) 88 18.1 0.013 1  
   Medium (n = 262) 31 11.8   0.70 (0.40–1.21) 0.20
   High (n = 173) 18 10.4   0.93 (0.47–1.68) 0.85
Mother's education
   Low (n = 532) 94 17.7 0.005 1  
   Medium/High (n = 391) 43 11.0   0.59 (0.36–0.99) 0.047
Breakfast (n = 944)
   ≤6 t/w (n = 358) 100 27.9 <0.001 1  
   = 7 t/w (n = 586) 39 6.7   0.21 (0.13–0.34) <0.001
Dinner
   ≤6 t/w (n = 492) 113 23.0 <0.001 1  
   = 7 t/w (n = 452) 26 5.8   0.34 (0.20–0.59) <0.001
Snacks
   ≤6 t/w (n = 728) 121 16.6 0.001 1  
   = 7 t/w (n = 216) 18 8.3   0.75 (0.39–1.45) 0.39
  1. aMultivariate logistic regression dependant variable is lunch ≤ 6 time/week, independent variables are all sociodemographic
  2. variables, and breakfast, dinner and snacks.
  3. bχ2 was used to compare differences between dependant variable is lunch ≤ 6 time/week and independent variables are all
  4. sociodemographic variables, and breakfast, dinner and snacks. P < 0.05 considered to be significant.
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